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Recall Election For California Senator Will Proceed

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

State Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, urges lawmakers to approve a measure to change the rules governing recall elections Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

(AP) - California's top elections official says there are enough signatures to hold a recall election for Sen. Josh Newman.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Friday that nearly 70,000 signatures were determined to be valid.

Republicans looking to end a Democratic supermajority in the Senate have targeted Newman over his vote to increase gas taxes and vehicle registration fees.

The Fullerton Democrat narrowly won his race last year in a district that has historically elected Republicans.

Gov. Jerry Brown can now schedule a recall election, which is likely to coincide with the statewide primary on June 5.

Democrats have said Republicans misled voters into supporting a recall of Newman thinking they were supporting repeal of the gas tax hike.

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